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Program to encourage residents to garden despite water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A program is encouraging Flint resident to plant their own gardens.

"Plants are awesome things and they don't readily take up lead. It is good to know what your soil is so you know what you're working with," said Sam Farah, program coordinator for Edible Flint.

Farah said gardening in Flint is low risk and you can get your soil tested for $5.

"There are safe levels of soil lead and there are unsafe levels of soil lead. And you want to get it tested to see what those are and you can plan your garden accordingly. And sometimes it's just a matter of planting a different crop. Rarely is it the story of don't garden at all," Farah said.

Farah said with the water crisis fresh product is important.

"Even with the crisis, nutrients have such an important role in helping mitigate lead in our bodies and prevention. We are really encouraging folks to garden, to grow their own good and grow more vegetables," Farah said.

Edible Flint is always looking for volunteers at their demonstration garden. Volunteers don't need any gardening experience and it's a good way for them to learn.

This year the garden will produce nearly 2,000 pounds of produce.

Farah said all of the food grown is given back to the neighborhood. She hopes it helps others get planting.

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